I love Jon Scieszka’s book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, so I had high expectations for The Frog Prince Continued. I was not disappointed as I laughed throughout the book. There is a unique twist on “happily ever after”, ever since the Frog Prince kissed the Princess. She’s also not happy, since his tongue always sticks out, she finds lily pads in his pockets, and he leaps everywhere. So the Frog Prince begins a journey looking for a witch to turn him back into a frog. He meets interesting characters along his journey such as a witch who wants him to finish eating an apple, but he knows his fairy tales and doesn’t eat it. Then he meets a witch with a gingerbread house who is expecting Hansel and Gretel soon. Finally, the Frog Prince returns home to discover that the Princess was worried about him. She kissed his lips and both turned into frogs and together they lived happily ever after.
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ages 6-9, book genre: fairy tale
The book is 29 pages with a large picture and normally one paragraph on each page.
I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve read this to children. Just as the title states that it’s the ‘true story’ of the 3 little pigs & the big wolf. However, this story is based on the wolf’s point of view so of course he doesn’t think he’s big and bad. I like this book, because even though I’ve read it numerous times it still makes me laugh from a new perspective. Scieszka has written other books in this similar humor, such as The Stinky Cheese Man. It has some references to eating pigs, so younger children may be surprised at first when characters are eaten. I also used this book in a classroom with writing and the students wrote a new twist to a story that’s been told before. I haven’t been in a classroom where the students didn’t enjoy this well-known story with a new perspective.
Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs. Or at least they think they do. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. The real story is…I was framed!